Team Leader Biological Research

11 - 15 years experience  • 

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 03/27/18
San Diego, CA
11 - 15 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 03/27/18

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We are seeking a Senior Team Lead for the Laboratory Automation to join the High Throughput Screening team. Our lab supports large screens for enzyme product development, as well as daily operations across multiple scientific disciplines. We build and maintain our own robotic systems, in collaboration with both third-party vendors and internal BASF colleagues. The Senior Team Lead will professionally and safely execute the current and future workload of projects. Also, the Senior Team Lead should be a recognized expert in the field that can help us integrate and or design new screening technologies for molecular biology, enzyme engineering and strain development.

Senior Team Lead Biological Research (Biotech High Throughput Screening) San Diego, CA (1800832)

Formula for Success: You Will…


  • Develop, Implement and Operate automated lab technology for BASF Enzymes LLC. to meet needs for HTP screening and automated solutions in a highly interdependent matrixed environment

  • Manage the Automation group with rigorous technical leadership

  • Promote Positive and Effective cross-group interactions with Enzymology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Analytical, Fermentation, Computational Bioscience and QC

  • Guide development of bioassays for HTP screening

  • Hands-on responsibility, working in the labs

  • Stay current with state of the art technology, trends and improvements in automation and robotics

  • Propose future technology to better meet our development needs
  • Collaborate closely with subject matter experts and promote a data driven, statistical approach to data collected from automation pipelines.

  • Lead work efforts and/or projects/assignments with substantial risk, business impact, and complex technical challenges.

  • Contribute to the development of the lab automation technical community within BASF and to the digitalization efforts within R&D

  • Innovative Mindset: Implement strategies that introduce and apply new concepts and technologies that will have substantial long-term business impact. Address unique time-sensitive problems with significant business risk. Propose to leadership new technologies and new RD&T directions, and design multiple projects/experiments to pursue innovative solutions. Act proactively to optimize RD&T pipeline and/or business performance.

  • Communication and relationships: Strong contributor to the innovation pipeline by bringing knowledge into and disseminating it across the organization

  • Ability to navigate interdependencies – namely, to understand the projects and tasks across a medium term timeline, resource requirements and potential conflicts, communicate to team, and advocate for change when required

  • Safety: hold self and others accountable to robust EH&S standards and promote a Zero-Incident Mindset

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…


  • Engineering Ph.D or Master’s degree with 8+ years’ experience, or Engineering Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years’ experience

  • Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.

  • Most years of experience must be in laboratory automation, high throughput (HTP) and ultrahigh throughput screening of biological samples under industry relevant application tests. Experience should include proven examples and achievements in designing, building and programming automated laboratory systems.

  • Experience with sample tracking software and developed interfaces between robotic instrumentation and LIM systems.

Job ID: EN_US_1800832

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